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Eugene G. Hill to Receive SAE Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award

Warrendale, Pa., July 15, 2004 - Eugene G. Hill, Chief Scientist and Technical Advisor for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of Renton, Wash., has been selected to receive the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award. He will be presented the award on November 3, 2004 at the SAE World Aviation Congress.

This award, established in 1978, annually recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation. SAE founded the award to acknowledge and commemorate the late Franklin W. Kolk's distinctive impact on the advancement of civil air transportation and to the associated work of the Society.

In his current role with the FAA, Hill has served as a recognized national and international expert and consultant in the field of aircraft ice protection as it applies to certification requirements, policy and research to improve aviation safety. He also guides FAA applied research in the area of environmental icing. Prior to joining the FAA in 1996, Hill was a member of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company's Aerodynamics Engineering staff for 37 years, where his assignments included design and certifications of the Boeing 707 and many of the subsequent Boeing air transport models. Hill is personally and professionally committed to the development of aerospace standards as well through his work with various SAE committees.

A resident of Seattle, Wash., Hill received a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in 1957 and a master's degree in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1973. The University of Illinois Aerospace Engineering Department has recognized him as a Distinguished Graduate.

For more information, contact SAE Awards and Scholarships Program Manager Lori Pail at (724) 772-8534 or at